I recently had the pleasure of attending capstone presentations by our graduating seniors in Special Education. During the spring semester, these students conducted group action research projects on self-selected topics, such as teacher beliefs about inclusion; transition planning for adolescents with special needs; and siblings of children with special needs. The event, held on our Brookline campus, featured video presentations by each group, as well as individual reflections on students’ personal growth and professional development at Wheelock.
As these graduating seniors reflected on their development as special educators, I was as impressed as ever by our students’ compassion, dedication, and sense of professional mission. As a librarian who consulted with these groups early in their research process, I was especially thrilled to hear how their semester-long research projects had empowered them with knowledge that they would carry forward into their teaching practice or graduate study.
Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors in Special Education, including Braelan Martin, Tatiana Duarte, Meghan Trelegan, & Emma McLaughlin; Emily Jestus, Paige Dillon, Mallory Johnson, & Ashley Domaldo; and Becca House, Talia Mango, Rachel LeBlanc, & Sarah Hassett. As you begin your professional careers, you’re bringing inquiring minds, professional skills, and a lot of heart to your future students and communities. They’ll be lucky to have you.